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RE: Getting close to a TT

A reputable dealer that will give good after sale service and fight for you with manufacturers to get warranty work covered is worth more than any starter kit or hitch. Spend extra for that. Get the rest yourself. On a side note, there is nothing “ultra lite” about that trailer. That’s just sales gimmick jargon. I have a similar sized tt and layout with a gvwr not much higher (8k) than that trailers empty weight. How do I determine which dealer that is? I realize the ultra lite is a joke (at 10k GVW), but found a lot of ppl saying Rockwood is a very good quality trailer. Which do you have? That’s the hard part. I find word of mouth to be best. Even reviews can be tricky as most people only speak up when they have issues vs good experiences. Check with the BBB. Quality and trailers are two words that don’t seem to go hand in hand much these days. I thought Rockwood was good too and even talked my father into buying one. That was a mistake. First two years it was only used for two months. The rest of the time it was in the shop. New roof, front cap x2, axles and tires, electrical, floor damage from slide outs and much more. It turned into a 5 year nightmare which ended in a lawsuit which was settled for $20k in repairs. Maybe it was built on a Friday of a long weekend. Who knows, others are happy with them. Ours is a Bullet Premier made by Keystone. We’ve had very few, minor issues in 8 years with it. It seemed of better quality at the time than other brands we considered. A true lightweight at only 6400lbs dry. About 1k less than most comparable trailers. Nowadays it’s hard to say any brand is better than others. People have good things to say about Grand Design trailers but even their quality has gone down since being bought out by Winnebago. Whatever you choose spend a lot of time doing a thorough PDI and don’t sign anything or leave with it until repairs are made.
camp-n-family 11/27/20 10:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Getting close to a TT

A reputable dealer that will give good after sale service and fight for you with manufacturers to get warranty work covered is worth more than any starter kit or hitch. Spend extra for that. Get the rest yourself. On a side note, there is nothing “ultra lite” about that trailer. That’s just sales gimmick jargon. I have a similar sized tt and layout with a gvwr not much higher (8k) than that trailers empty weight.
camp-n-family 11/27/20 06:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hitch reccomendations

Going to get our first fifth wheel rig we are looking at has a GVWR of 11,250 and a GCWR of 14,250. Have a 2012 Dodge 3500 DSL Dually with the megacab. Would like a automatic slider since we have the 6.5 ft bed You sure you don’t mean UVW of 11,250 and GVWR of 14,250?
camp-n-family 11/27/20 06:04pm Towing
RE: 1/2 ton towing

It may be do-able within the numbers but it won’t be a fun or comfortable experience. That size and weight would be much better suited to a 3/4 ton truck. Our current trailer is of similar size but significantly lighter. At just under 8k fully loaded it was borderline for most half ton trucks. They could pull it but would usually exceed payload, axle, or receiver ratings even though nowhere near the fictional tow rating. You’ll be much more comfortable with a trailer under 30’ and 6k dry weight with your Ram.
camp-n-family 11/23/20 09:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Interesting project

Erwin Hymer Group was famous for their RoadTrek Class B vans on a Benz platform, not so much for their TTs. Interesting story, embezzlement from management took them under. That's the name. Couldn't find it before. Didn't know the story behind it. Thanks
camp-n-family 11/17/20 11:46am Travel Trailers
RE: Interesting project

No wonder they went bankrupt, trying to sell black trailers. A black trailer with some stripes would be cool mom ;) I've seen some pictures of shells in primer grey as well. Pick whatever color you want.
camp-n-family 11/17/20 11:45am Travel Trailers
Interesting project

*not mine* There is an rv company here in Ontario that went bankrupt some time ago that made fibreglass shell trailers similar to Bigfoots. Inventory is being sold off on Facebook marketplace. Looks like a fun project to build your own from scratch. They have the shells, frames, axles, windows etc. Seems like everything but the interiors. Price seems cheap too. Facebook link. https://i.imgur.com/M4JI9qWl.jpg
camp-n-family 11/16/20 05:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fifth Wheel Purchase

Your 1500 Ram can tow a 5th wheel trailer but it would be a small one. Those that say a 1/2 ton truck can't/shouldn't tow a 5th wheel trailer. They are not all the same size. GVWR can go up to 8600 gvwr but more importantly RAWR up to 6000 lbs depending on truck brands/year models. You have the truck so like all truckers you need front and rear axle weights, after loading hitch/folks/junk, to know how much capacity you have to work with which I would bet is going to be close to that 1612 lb payload numbers. I would stay under 8000 lbs max "gross" TT weight for a more relaxing operation on long day trips. The 5.7 Hemi at 395 hp/410 torque coupled with the 3.90 rear axle ratio sure won't have any issues pulling a 8k trailer. You mention a 5.8 etorque engine. Is that a typo ?? Thanks for the info... and yes... it's a 5.8L Hemi with the eTorque. Still a typo. There is no 5.8l hemi. It’s a 5.7l in the Ram 1500.
camp-n-family 11/16/20 05:32pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth Wheel Purchase

Even if you ignored the low payload number you would still exceed the rawr with just about any fifth wheel. Half ton trucks are not designed to tow fivers, regardless of its tow rating. This is a perfect case of how ridiculous manufacturers tow ratings have become. A 12k rating is useless when you only have 1100lbs of payload. You'll be pushing the ratings with the tongue weight of a similar sized (25’) bumper pull trailer too.
camp-n-family 11/15/20 04:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking at '17 3500 Ram

I had a 2017 Ram 3500 although it had the 6.4 Hemi. Expect a ton of brake dust from the front brakes and inspect the calipers. Mine started sticking at 9K miles and replacements started sticking at 15,000 miles. Other than that, it was a great truck! My ‘14 had a rear brake caliper seize at 45k Kms. Required a tow and full rear brake replacement. Was also a $1200 job like everything on this truck. I now have the brakes serviced every 30k as recommended.
camp-n-family 11/11/20 04:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking at '17 3500 Ram

Definitely ask to see the service records if it’s from a Ram dealership or take the Vin# to one to get it. My ‘17 has been much better than my ‘14 but has still had 2 expensive repairs just out of warranty. First was an O2 sensor ($1200) and last week another $1200 for an ABS hydraulic actuator and module. The last one seems to be a common problem that Ram won’t admit.
camp-n-family 11/10/20 05:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Can this weight be right?!?!

Seems in the right ballpark. Our 2017 Ram 2500 Cummins Laramie with added on running boards, solid fold tonneau cover and 35” tires is around 8200lbs empty.
camp-n-family 10/29/20 12:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM's Max Trailering Package

If you’re looking at towing anywhere near 9k or more you should be looking at 3/4 ton trucks minimum. You’ll far exceed payload, axle, tire, hitch receiver ratings etc well before reaching any tow rating above 9k with a half ton truck. Those 9k+ ratings are not realistic in real world towing.
camp-n-family 10/25/20 05:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Torque Wrench for WD Hitch nylock nuts

Go to a heavy truck shop where they service big rigs etc.
camp-n-family 10/24/20 11:55am Towing
RE: Camping World Myrtle Beach

Would be curious to hear another review after a year. Especially if you have to go back for any warranty work. Most issues seam to occur after they have your money.
camp-n-family 10/22/20 11:01am Camping World Accessories
RE: Received new vehicle with nail implanted in tire-maybe.

Check your purchase paperwork. Most new vehicles have tire warranties from dealer as part of their mark up “fees”.
camp-n-family 10/21/20 08:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Choosing our first travel trailer! Big family

A model like our Keystone Bullet 31bhpr would fit the bill. There are several brands that have the same floor plan but I found the Keystone to be the lightest by a large margin and the quality was better than most. It’s 34’ tongue to bumper and only 6400lbs dry. 8k gvwr. I wouldn’t tow it with less than a 3/4t truck or van. Not to trash your brand by any means, so please don't take it that way, but I would NOT recommend a "lightweight" trailer for longer trips. Lightweight trailers have smaller tanks and more fragile build. They are lighter because they have thinner cabinets, thinner seats, thinner supports on the beds, etc. That's fine for a weekend trip, but that stuff will wear out and break quickly on a longer trip. Small tanks can become a problem out West where you might be staying at a state or federal park with no hookups and less than ideal bath houses. Storage will be minimal and your cargo carrying capacity (including water) will be significantly smaller. Clothes, toys, bikes, food, computers, work stuff, chairs, etc all need to be stored someplace if you want to use them over a longer trip. A lightweight trailer likely won't have large storage areas and won't have a lot of available weight in the GVWR. On edit I see the OP has a 3/4 ton truck, so some of that weight can be put in the truck, but it would still requiring shuffling things around constantly and exposing things to the weather. I wondered about this with the lightweight trailers - I was told at camper world that they are just as sturdy, just made better/lighter/etc. But what you are saying makes sense. What travel trailers do you recommend? Lightweight doesn’t have to mean cheap and flimsy. I’m not sure where all the weight savings comes from but our trailer uses a lot of aluminum in its structure (including the framing under the bed) instead of heavier wood. The aluminum is stronger. Cabinetry is hardwood. The appliances are the same as every other trailer. Our trailer has the same layout as heavier brands so it has the same amount of storage. It may have smaller tanks (40gal fresh, 30 black and grey)but that’s only an issue if you boondock a lot. They are big enough for our family of 4 to last comfortably for 5 days. We have pulled this trailer over 40,000kms in 7 years. Halfway across Canada twice, rough interstates, mountains, dirt roads etc. We have friends that camp with us on occasion. He is 400+lbs. Never had anything fall apart or break.
camp-n-family 10/21/20 09:06am Travel Trailers
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